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Having got back iinto cycling after years away my vintage (2002) Italian team jersey and winter jacket seem pretty cool.

I have a plain Loius Garneau top but still like the look of the Pro kit.

Now wanting to buy some new stuff, I would feel a bit silly in Sky kit because it is so well known but not sure whether to buy some 2013 Pro Team jerseys (quite like tge 2013 Radioshack Trek jersey) or get some Retro old designs.

Whats your thoughts on wearing recent Pro Team kit. Is it naff.

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Simon E [2744 posts] 3 years ago
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Is it naff?

Some people say yes it is.

Some say no it isn't.

And some (including me) say "Wear what you like".

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gazer117 [26 posts] 3 years ago
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I personally think it depends on the kit. Sky tends to have a negative stigma, but a proper euro kit doesn't seem to have the same stigma. I personally wear a rabobank jersey and have never had any negative comments or seen anyone else in the Sam jersey for that matter ! I suppose a sky kit is a bit like a Man U shirt.

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PJ McNally [591 posts] 3 years ago
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It's only as naff as you make it. Beer belly hanging out of mismatched Phonak and Rock Racing bibs and jersey, for instance, would be appalling. Though if that's what keeps you comfortable, go for it.

Matching kit is better. Old team kit can be a really good way of getting high-end cycle clothing, for low-end prices - as long as it's genuine new-old-stock, rather than far east knock offs.

Personally, I think defunct team kit is great. I draw the line at wearing current pro team kit - although I really like the new Belkin kit and might have to make an exception!

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Tinternet_tim [118 posts] 3 years ago
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Hi Sensible,
There was a forum thread on this not that long ago and Simon E has summed it up perfectly.
Some were a bit cutting and called it w@nky, others said its fine and the majority said it wasn't for them but wear what you want.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Strong r8 for Farnese Vini

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pdows47 [103 posts] 3 years ago
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If you like it wear it. End of. I have some pro team kit (Sky, Garmin, Quick-step Innergetic, and getting a Belkin jersey when I have money) as well as my own club and team kits and some plain stuff. The other advantage is it gives you plenty to cycle (excuse the pun) before you need to do a load of washing

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amc654 [31 posts] 3 years ago
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Naff. Unless it's a) retro, or b) an obscure, regional team from someplace other than where you live. Definitely not World Tour, and possibly not even Pro-Conti. Preferably matching jersey & bibs, at minimum, and socks & gloves if you can manage it.

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msw [113 posts] 3 years ago
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Not. Always excellent. See here:

In all seriousness, I sit on the fence. While it feels a bit odd to be advertising a company for free, since sponsors come and go, I did just buy an MTN-Qhbeka jersey because a) it looks nice, b) I'm not embarrassed to be associated with the sponsor (Qhubeka that is) and c) I loved Ciolek winning MSR. For the same reason I quite like Sky the team but couldn't ever wear Sky the brand on my chest because Murdoch.

How would you feel about wearing club kit to play football? For me I think it would be shirt = fair enough; fully correct down to sock colour = bit odd. But this is probably different for others.

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billyman [148 posts] 3 years ago
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you should be looking for quality firstly, and myself having a mixture ranging from lidl tops to pro kit, while some people feel it looks a bit naff the sky top is actually a very high quality top, as are pretty much all the pro kits I have come across, the retro stuff may make you feel all nostalgic but the technology of it is poor in comparison, personally I don't care what other people think and tend to use the top I need specific to the ride I am doing.

billy

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northstar [1108 posts] 3 years ago
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amc654 wrote:

Naff. Unless it's a) retro, or b) an obscure, regional team from someplace other than where you live. Definitely not World Tour, and possibly not even Pro-Conti. Preferably matching jersey & bibs, at minimum, and socks & gloves if you can manage it.

*yawns*

Wear what you want, who cares what people think, this has been done to death many times and it draws some real ignorant comments.

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Sensible [68 posts] 3 years ago
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Great photo above...made me laugh out loud.
Found a good retro website at Prendas and like some of their retro stuff but made in modern fabric. Heresone I may get.... http://www.prendas.co.uk/details.asp?typ=typ&fkid=2&ID=3359

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AWPeleton [3347 posts] 3 years ago
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I cant afford the pro kit from the likes of Evans etc so i bought some "genuine" team kit from the far east via that well known site.

Coat me £15.00 for the bib and top. Its been worn to death, washed and re washed and i have to say it stil looks perfect.

Wear what you want, when you want and bollocks to anyone who says otherwise.

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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Its exactly the same as football gear.

If you playing football, football shirts are fine.

If you are sat in a pub with man made fibres stretched over your beer gut - Naff.

However, if you've just come from playing football and are having a post match pint, that's fine.

Same logic applies to cycling gear.

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Leviathan [2059 posts] 3 years ago
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OH NO, not this again.
There are no rules and anyone who tells you there is or they wouldn't wear this or that is a...
Tell it to the 80 strong BMC team, 50 Skyboys, 2 World Champions, one King of the Mountains, one Scottish champion, dozen British Para/Olympians (including me), one guy in full fluro yellow and one with pink shorts, and one in full USPS kit; all seen yesterday. And everyone else.
If there are rules they are stomped on smashed into pieces, like the scene in Family Guy when Stewie gets Peter's copy of Surfin' Bird.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Haven't we done this one? Oh well here goes...
In 2009 I was in Bedoin, and the most beautiful Woman I have ever seen (I'm not kidding, it was like the story abut the ferry in Citizen Kane) had stopped for a breather in the little square before the final ascent of the Mont. She was wearing white Fdj kit, and didn't look naff at all.

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Yorkshie Whippet [536 posts] 3 years ago
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Because Sky stuff is so god damm expensive and often screams "I've got more money than sense".

That said, I do have a couple of Katusha shirts from last year that were half price.

Ultimately where what you want. Next year nobody will care.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Where does that photo come from msw? That looks like the TdFrance (red commissaries car). With the crowds still behind the barriers he could be an ex-pro? I have a distinct feeling that his best days as a cyclist are behind him but I am still interested if he was a name.

Many years ago I was at the Perfs this chap turned up on an Alan carbon fibre bike, the first carbon I had seen and the most expensive bike on the market then. Many were drooling. He was similarly shaped to the 'rider' above. As he in-expertly got on the bike he slipped and landed on the crossbar to a ripple of stifled laughter.

The subject of pro kit has been done to death = classic or obscure kit normally OK. US Postal kit  39

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jollygoodvelo [1444 posts] 3 years ago
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Out of interest - how old does pro kit have to be, to be considered retro?
Last year? - so a Cavendish Sky WC jersey would be allowed?
5, 10 years? - Rabobank?
Team no longer exists? - Blanco is wearable already?

I love the 90s LaVieClaire 'Mondrian' jerseys  4

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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I regularly trawl ebay to see if I can find a cheap 1998 Festina jersey.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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USPS kit had me wondering too. Someone who has taken "wear what you like" to the limit? The last Fanboy? Or an overdeveloped sense of irony?

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Leviathan [2059 posts] 3 years ago
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Don't know, I couldn't tell how ironic it was whilst he was laughing and talking to his mates. I could tell it was a chinese knock off not a Nike original (how I know this is for another thread.) It was certainly stretchy enough as he was quite large, but no belly was visible above the bibs. I laugh when I see the kit on ebay and wonder who is still buying them? Armstrong impacting the Chinese Ecomony, will he never stop!?

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msw [113 posts] 3 years ago
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Giro a couple of years ago I believe. Don't think he's well-known except for the inevitable internet fame that followed this photo.

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morethansonglyrics [61 posts] 3 years ago
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I've got this years radioshack jersey. Wouldn't wear full kit, wouldn't wear anything sky related - too poseur.

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3cylinder [95 posts] 3 years ago
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I think it's a no-brainer that you shouldn't wear anything that is awarded (World/national champions, yellow/green/pink jerseys etc) unless you are one of the rare individuals who earned it. (if you think that it's OK to do so, why don't you put a F1 championship, World cup winners medal, and a Nobel prize on your mantelpiece too?)

Personally, I think current team kit is similar - if you made the team you get the kit, if not, you don't deserve it. But although I wouldn't do it*, I can live with team kit, and clearly the football world view of "I get the latest team kit 'cos I'm a supporter" mentality is becoming more and more common, obviously encouraged by the manufacturers. Fair play to them. *The Belkin kit would be my choice if I wasn't such a ar$e about it.

Old/retro kit is fair game. Old being anything that isn't the current kit (once the pros offload it on ebay you can fill your boots). Retro is better

The argument that Team kit is better in someway is bogus. Most of it is 'replica' and at best is no different to a top-end jersey from the same manufacturer simply because the real team kit wouldn't fit most non-racers anyway (I think it is fair to say that if you race, you have your own team kit that you probably value more than someone else's). The really esoteric stuff you can't buy anyway, and probably wouldn't want to - would you really wear the Sky ultra tight mesh stuff Froome and Porte were rocking in the tour? Really?

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SideBurn [890 posts] 3 years ago
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msw wrote:

Giro a couple of years ago I believe. Don't think he's well-known except for the inevitable internet fame that followed this photo.

I realised afterwards that the billboards suggest the Giro! Looking at his legs makes me think ex-sprinter?

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Leviathan [2059 posts] 3 years ago
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3cylinder wrote:

Personally, I think current team kit is similar - if you made the team you get the kit, if not, you don't deserve it. But although I wouldn't do it*, ....

Old/retro kit is fair game. Old being anything that isn't the current kit (once the pros offload it on ebay you can fill your boots). Retro is better

See this is the sort of attitude that most people find so perplexing. Most teams have a similar kit for a couple of years, they might tweek the design but the colours are the same. So when are you supposed to buy the kit? Once the team has disbanded? So you can't buy it in shops at the time and show your support, you have to wait a couple of years and buy it on ebay. So who is supposed to buy it in shops and list it for you to buy on the cheap? Or are you supposed to buy the cheap chinese knock offs if you can't tell the difference. Maybe people WANT to go to a shop and buy the real thing WHEN its available, WHEN the team is racing.
I will stoop to insults on this occasion and say that people who say this kind of thing are muppets and shouldn't go to any large public cycling or spectator event or their heads will spin.

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Most of it is 'replica' and at best is no different to a top-end jersey from the same manufacturer simply because the real team kit wouldn't fit most non-racers anyway

If it fitted Jan Ullrich or Miguel Indurain it will fit me.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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Yellow/Pink/Rainbow etc jerseys aside, of course you can wear what you want on the bike. But just like if you were to wear an orange and pink t-shirt down the pub plastered with logos, don't expect not to get judged for it.
"Oh but what sort of dick is so shallow that they judge people for what they wear?"
It's the sort of dick who has eyes. And a sense of aesthetics.

It doesn't mean you're a bad person. It just means you are lacking in sartorial taste. That's absolutely fine.

If you care enough to ask, you care enough that you ought not to wear it.

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zzgavin [193 posts] 3 years ago
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I've got the Prendas San Pellegrino jersey, wore it at the dunwich dynamo and got a few good comments and no-one else wearing the same top =)
Saw a fair number of sky tops and even quite a few morvelo a bloc matching sets, so if it is a unique look you want then old / repro team kit can be fun.
Plus ORANGE!

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SammyG [274 posts] 3 years ago
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This thread has been done to death, dear road.cc make some sticky threads, perhaps a tire one a wheel one a kit one a what new bike one a show us your bikes one; there are probably more that should be included but they have slipped my mind.

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Sensible [68 posts] 3 years ago
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zzgavin wrote:

I've got the Prendas San Pellegrino jersey, wore it at the dunwich dynamo and got a few good comments and no-one else wearing the same top =)
Saw a fair number of sky tops and even quite a few morvelo a bloc matching sets, so if it is a unique look you want then old / repro team kit can be fun.
Plus ORANGE!

Think I am going to go retro and will be ordering that orange top today. It was on my short list of two, but finally decided.

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